Daley takes job at Chicago law firm that handled meter privatization

June 1, 2011

Richard Daley has joined the law firm that helped negotiate the controversial deal to privatize Chicago's parking meters.

The news of the former mayor’s latest post-political job came mere weeks after he left office.

The firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman, is based in downtown Chicago. A statement from the firm said Daley had other offers from other law firms, but picked Katten because Daley said it gives back to the community and is "expanding globally."

The firm said it has applied to open an office in China, a country Daley has visited often and spoken highly of in recent years.

The statement notes Daley will not participate in any business the firm conducts with the city of Chicago.

Daley has been a lawyer since 1969, and has kept up his attorney registration though the years. That requires the payment of annual fees, and taking the required number of continuing education courses.

Daley's salary was not disclosed and his title will be "of counsel" at the firm. He can add his new post to "distinguished senior fellow" title he picked up last week from the University of Chicago.

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